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Cobra microTALK FRS 220 Operating Instructions Manual

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Category: Two-Way Radio
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2 Way Radio

Operating Instructions for your 

Nothing comes close to a Cobra™

FRS 220

 


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The Family Radio Service Story

A1

The Family Radio Service Story

Ever wish you could talk to someone who wasn’t
within earshot? Like contacting ski partners back
at the lodge? Or letting a friend know how to 
find you in a busy mall? Cobra®’s microTALK® 
FRS 220 is a great way for friends or family to
increase their fun–and safety–by staying in touch
while on the go.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
has created 14 license free frequency bands,
or channels, called Family Radio Service (FRS) 
frequencies. These channels are in the 
UHF (Ultra High Frequency) band which means
great penetration through buildings, thick forests,
hills, and other dense structures. They are also 
FM (Frequency Modulation) signals which 
means crystal clear reception even in crowded
noisy environments.

FCC Warnings

Replacement or substitution of transistors, regular
diodes or other parts of a unique nature, with
parts other than those recommended by Cobra®,
may cause a violation of the technical regulations
of part 95 of the FCC Rules, or violation of Type
Acceptance requirements of Part 2 of the Rules.

Included with your microTALK®

1.

Holster/Belt Clip/Desk Stand

1

How to Use Your Cobra

®

2-Way Radio

1

Features of This Product

• Two-way static-free

radio with up to a 
2 mile range

• 14 channels

• SuperFlex™ antenna

• Holster belt clip

• Roger beep confirmation

tone

• Backlit LCD 

• Speaker/Microphone

jacks

Contents

Features

..........................................................................1

The FRS Story

...............................................................A1

FCC Warnings
Included Accessories

Controls & Indicators

................................................A2

Our Thanks to You

......................................................A3

Customer Support ...................................................A3

Operating your microTALK® 

Battery Installation...................................................2
Turning On..................................................................3
Illuminating the Display ........................................3
Auto Squelch .............................................................4
Maximum Range Extender/Auto Monitor ......4
Select Channel ..........................................................5
Auto Battery Save.....................................................6
Calling Another Party .............................................7
Talking To Another Party .......................................8
Roger Beep Confirmation Tone...........................9
Listening For Another Party .................................9
Lock Function ............................................................10
microTALK® Range...................................................11
Making Life Easier And Safer ...............................12
Holster/Belt Clip/Desk Stand ...............................13
External Microphone/Speaker Jack...................14

Caring for Your microTALK®

..................................15

microTALK® Specifications

....................................16

Limited Two Year Warranty

....................................18

Optional Accessories

................................................19

Order Form

....................................................................20

If You Think You Need Service

.............Back Cover

 


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Our Thanks to You

A3

Thank you for purchasing the Cobra® FRS 220 
2-way Radio. Properly used, this Cobra® product
will give you many years of reliable service.

Customer Support

Should you encounter any problems with the 
product or not understand its many features,
please refer to this owner’s manual. If, after 
referring to the manual, you still need help,
call Cobra® Customer Service at 773.889.3087.

Cobra® Customer Service

Live operators are available 
M-F 8:00 am - 6:00 pm CST
at: 773.889.3087 

Automated Technical
Assistance available 24
hours a day, seven days a
week. E-mail questions to:
productinfo@cobra.com

Cobra® on the World Wide
Web: Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ) can be
found on-line at:
www.cobra.com

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful 

interference, and

(2) this device must accept any interference

received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.

Controls and Indicators

A2

6

7

12

14

13

3

5

1

2

8

4

1.

Antenna

2.

Microphone/Speaker 
Jack

3.

On/Off Power Button

4.

L LCD Display Panel

5.

? Light/Max Range Button

6.

Key Lock

7.

Down/Up Volume 
Control

8.

Speaker

9.

Microphone

10.

Battery Compartment

11.

Charge Pads

12.

Talk Button

13.

Call Button

14.

Channel Button

15.

Mode Button

1

2

10

11

15

14

15

12

13

9

 


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Operation

3

Operation

2

Pull 

lock tab down

to remove battery
cover.

Insert

four “AAA”

batteries. Position
batteries according
to polarity markings.

Note

Always use high quality 
alkaline or NiMH batteries.

Incorrect positioning can
damage both the batteries
and the unit.

Only the Cobra® NiMH
battery (Part #FA-BP)
pack can be recharged.

See Accessories on page 19.
Charge ports for recharging
NiMH (Nickel Metal
Hydride) battery pack are
located on back of unit.

Note

When batteries are low or
need charging the 
indicator will blink. Replace
alkaline batteries or
recharge NiMH battery
pack.

Install Batteries

Battery
Installation

1

2

-

-

+ +

+ +

-

-

Turning On Your microTALK®

HOLD

Note

Whenever the unit is on 
you can receive 
communications.

Turning 
On Your
microTALK

®

Illuminating the Display

Illuminating
the Display

1

1

Push and hold

the                 POWER button for

2 seconds. An audible “tone” will indicate the
unit is on, and display will illuminate for 10
seconds.

Push and release

LIGHT/MAX RANGE

button to illuminate display for ten seconds.

 


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Operation

5

Operation

4

Select

any of the 14 channels by moving the

channel button up or down.

Select Main Channel (1-14)

Turn on the microTALK® 2-Way Radio.

Note

Selecting a CTCSS 
privacy code will allow you
to only hear conversations
on that selection. For 
example, you may be with
a group of friends. If all of
you select channel 7 and
privacy code 1, you will
hear your friends but will
not hear anybody else on 
channel 7, privacy code 2
through 38.

Select Main
Channel

Note

To learn more about the
range of your microTALK®,
see page 10.

Range is dependent on 
battery condition and 
geographic territory.

Auto Squelch

Maximum
Range
Extender

2

1

Maximum Range Extender

Auto squelch can be temporarily removed to allow
all signals to enter (Maximum Range Extender).

Select CTCSS Privacy Code (00-38)

Press the mode button. After a short delay, small
numbers will flash next to the channel display
LCD indicating the privacy code.

Select CTCSS
Privacy Code

Auto Squelch

Your microTALK® is equipped with Auto Squelch,
which automatically shuts off weak transmissions
and unwanted noise due to terrain conditions or
if you have reached your range limit.

1

Push and hold

LIGHT/MAX RANGE 

button to allow all signals to enter.

HOLD

Auto Monitor

Auto Monitor

When the signal you want to hear is consistently
weak, you may place the radio in Maximum Range
mode without having to constantly hold the 
button: Press and hold the Maximum Range
Extender button for five seconds. To return to 
normal operation, momentarily press the
Maximum Range Extender button again or
change channels.

1

Select privacy code number by moving the
channel button up or down.
When the desired code is displayed push the
mode button and release. An audible tone will
confirm your selection.

2

3

Note

Units must be on same
channel and privacy code
to communicate.

Note

Channels 8-12 generally are
less used and give better
results for communications
in most areas.

Note

Push and hold the channel
button for fast channel
advance.

 


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Operation

7

Operation

6

Calling Another Party

To alert another party that you wish to 
communicate:

Turn on

your microTALK® 2-way radio. An

audible “tone” will indicate the unit is on.

Select 

a channel 

by 

pushing

the

CHANNEL button
up or down.

Calling
Another 
Party

1

2

Battery Low

Note

When battery capacity is at
the 1/4 level it is
recommended that you
replace alkaline batteries or
recharge your NiMH (Nickel
Metal Hydride) battery pack.

Only the Cobra® NiMH
battery (Part #FA-BP) 
pack can be recharged.

Note

If the NiMH rechargeable
battery pack (Item #FA-BP)
and desktop charger 
(Item #FA-CR) are not
included with this unit,
see Accessories Section on
page 19.

Battery Low

When in normal use the icon may begin flashing.
This is a warning to you that the batteries are 
getting low.

Replace alkaline batteries as soon as possible
and/or recharge NiMH battery pack.

Auto Battery Save

Your FRS 220 has a unique circuit designed to
extend battery life. If there are no transmissions or
receptions within 10 seconds, the unit will 
automatically switch to battery save mode and 

will be shown in the display.

Auto Battery
Save

Note

The Auto Battery Save
Circuit does not affect the
unit’s ability to receive
incoming transmissions.

 


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Operation

9

Operation

8

Note

Your incoming “Call” signal
level is dependent on your
unit volume setting.

Talking To
Another Party

Push and release 

CALL button. The unit you

are calling will hear a two second ringing tone.

3

Talking To Another Party

Push and hold 

TALK button.

1

The TX indicator will
be displayed.

2

Hold mic about 
2 inches from
mouth. Speak in a
normal voice.

3

Release        

TALK 

button and listen
for response.

4

Note

While the       TALK button 
is depressed you cannot 
receive incoming calls.

Roger Beep
Confirmation
Tone

Listening For Another Party

When finished talking:

Listening For
Another Party

Release

TALK button to receive incoming 

transmissions.

Your microTALK® is always in listening mode
when the     TALK button is not pressed.

Adjust volume by 

pushing

DOWN/UP buttons.

1

Note

While the       TALK button 
is depressed you cannot 
receive incoming calls.

Your listener will hear an 
audible tone when you 

release

the      TALK button.

This alerts the other party 
that you are finished talking
and it’s OK for them to begin
talking.

Roger Beep Confirmation Tone

2

 


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Operation

11

Operation

10

Note

Call button, Range 
Extender button and Talk
button do not lock and are
fully operational while the
unit is locked.

The unit cannot lock while
in function mode.

Lock Function

The purpose of the LOCK function is to lock most
buttons to avoid accidental operation.
To engage the LOCK function:

Lock Function

microTALK® Range

Your microTALK® Radio has a range of up to
2 miles. This effective range can be shortened
under some conditions.

Note

To achieve maximum 
range the auto squelch 
can be overridden. Refer to
Maximum Range Extender
section on page 4.

microTALK

®

Range

1. Under flat, open

conditions you 
will experience 
the microTALK®’s
maximum range.

2. Range can be

reduced by 
buildings and
foliage in the 
path of the signal.

3. Range will be 

further reduced by
dense foliage and
hilly terrain.

Push and hold Lock     button until
flashes. Channel up/down, Mode and Power
buttons are now locked.

To “unlock” push and hold Lock      button 
until     disappears.

1

2

 


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Making Life Easier and Safer

13

Making Life Easier and Safer

12

5. Checking on

traveling
companions in
another car.

6. Agree on a meeting

spot after an event.

Holster/Belt Clip/Desk Stand

Your microTALK® Radio comes with a custom 
molded plastic holster. Its unique dual-function
design enables it to act as a handy desktop storage
unit, as well as easily attaching to your belt for 
maximum convenience and portability.

Holster-
Belt Clip and
Desk Stand

1. Desk Stand

2. Belt Clip

microTALK® 2-Way Radio Can Make Life 
Easier and Safer

As you become familiar with your microTALK®
Radio you will find many of your own uses for the
unit.
Some suggestions include:

microTALK

®

2-Way Radio
Can Make 
Life Easier
and Safer

1. Talking with fellow

hikers.

2. Keeping track 

of the kids in a 
shopping mall.

3. Communicating

between basement
and first, second or
third floor.

4. Talking to a 

neighbor or a
friend.

 


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Caring for Your 

Radio

15

External Microphone/ 
Speaker Jack

14

Caring for Your microTALK® Radio

The microTALK® 2 Way Radio will give you years 
of service if cared for properly.

Here are some suggestions:

Caring 
for Your
microTALK

®

Radio

Note

Modifying or tampering 
with the radio’s internal 
components can cause 
malfunction and will 
invalidate the warranty.
If your radio is not
performing as it should,
please call Cobra® at
773.889.3087.
Do not return the unit to 
the retailer.

1. Handle unit gently.

2. Keep away 

from dust.

3. Never place the 

unit in water or in 
a moist place.

4. Avoid exposure 

to extreme 
temperatures.

Note

If an External microphone/
speaker is not included with
the unit, see Accessories on
page 19 for available units.

External Microphone/Speaker Jack

Your microTALK® 2-Way Radio can be fitted with 
an external microphone/speaker, freeing your
hands for other tasks.

To attach the external microphone/speaker:

External
Microphone/
Speaker Jack

Open Spkr/Mic tab on top of unit.

1

Insert plug into the Mic/Spkr jack.

2

 


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Specifications

17

Specifications

16

C. RECEIVER 

UNIT NOMINAL

1. SENSITIVITY

FOR 12dB SINAD

dBm

-119

FOR CALL SIGNAL DETECTION

dBm

-121

2. MAX. AUDIO OUTPUT @ 10% THD

mW

150

3. MAX S/N RATIO @ 1mV RF INPUT

dB

45

4. SQUELCH

a) SENSITIVITY

dBm

-121

b) ATTACK TIME

mS

120

c) CLOSING TIME

mS

200

5. AUDIO FREQUENCY RESP.

@ 300 HZ

dB

-15

@ 2500 HZ

dB

-10

6. SIGNAL DISPLACEMENT BW

+/- KHZ

5

7. ADJACENT CH. REJECTION

dB

60

8. INTERMODULATION REJECTION

dB

65

9. SPURIOUS RESPONSE REJECTION

dB

65

D. TRANSMITTER

UNIT NOMINAL

1. EFFECTIVE RADIATED POWER

mW 

500

2. CARRIER FREQ. STABILITY

Hz

+/-500

3. MODULATION LIMITING

kHz

2.5

4. CARRIER ATTACK TIME

mS

30

5. AUDIO FREQUENCY RESPONSE

@ 300 HZ

dB

-10

@ 2500 HZ

dB

4

6. AUDIO DISTORTION

%

3

7. HUM NOISE

dB

38

8. TRANSIENT FREQ. BEHAVIOR

a) TX ON

mS

30

b) TX OFF

mS

5

E. POWER SUPPLY

1. BATTERY LIFE (1:1:18 RATIO)

HR

24

2. BATTERY

V

4.2-6.0

I. GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

A. FREQUENCIES

CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT

Channel

Channel

FRS

Frequency

FRS

Frequency

Channel

in MHz

Channel

in MHz

1

462.5625

8

467.5625

2

462.5875

9

467.5875

3

462.6125

10

467.6125

4

462.6375

11

467.6375

5

462.6625

12

467.6625

6

462.6875

13

467.6875

7

462.7125

14

467.7125

B. SUBCHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS

CTCSS

CTCSS

Channel

Frequency

Channel

Frequency

01

67.0 Hz

21

136.5 Hz

02

71.9 Hz

22

141.3 Hz

03

74.4 Hz

23

146.2 Hz

04

77.0 Hz

24

151.4 Hz

05

79.7 Hz

25

156.7 Hz

06

82.5 Hz

26

162.2 Hz

07

85.4 Hz

27

167.9 Hz

08

88.5 Hz

28

173.8 Hz

09

91.5 Hz

29

179.9 Hz

10

94.8 Hz

30

186.2 Hz

11

97.4 Hz

31

192.8 Hz

12

100.0 Hz

32

203.5 Hz

13

103.5 Hz

33

210.7 Hz

14

107.2 Hz

34

218.1 Hz

15

110.9 Hz

35

225.7 Hz

16

114.8 Hz

36

233.6 Hz

17

118.8 Hz

37

241.8 Hz

18

123.0 Hz

38

250.3 Hz

19

127.3 Hz

20

131.8 Hz

Frequency
Ranges

 


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Optional Accessories

19

You Can Find These Fine Accessories At Your Local Cobra® Dealer

If you wish, you can order directly from Cobra®.

Order by phone

Call 773.889.3087 (Press 1 from the main menu) 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F CST. )

Order by mail or fax

Call 773.889.3087 for pricing. Fill out order form on next page, and mail/fax directly to Cobra®.

Order over the Web

www.cobra.com

Ear Bud Mic with PTT

Compact earbud and microphone
with Push-to-Talk switch.
MA-EBM 

Lapel Speaker/Microphone

Remote microphone/speaker
with Push-to-Talk switch.
MA-SM

Replacement Holster

FA-HR1

NICd BATTERY PACK

INSTALL

WITH CONTACTS

FACING OUT

UP

2 Port Desktop Charger

Charges two microTALK® radios
or two NiMH battery packs.
FA-CR

NiMH Rechargeable 
Battery Pack

High performance Nickel
Metal Hydride battery pack for
multiple charging.
FA-BP

Vox/Headset Mic

VOX (Voice Operated
Transmitter) headset and
microphone allows 
hands-free operation.
MA-VOX

Limited Two Year Warranty

18

COBRA® ELECTRONICS CORPORATION

warrants that 

its COBRA® FRS Radios, and the component parts thereof,
will be free of defects in workmanship and materials for
period of two (2) years from the date of first consumer
purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first
consumer purchaser, provided that the product is 
utilized within the U.S.

COBRA® will, without charge, repair or replace, at its
option, defective FRS radios, products or component parts
upon delivery to the COBRA® factory Service Department,
accompanied by proof of the date of first consumer 
purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.

You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship
the product for warranty service, but the return charges
will be at Cobra®'s expense, if the product is repaired or
replaced under warranty.

Exclusions:

This limited warranty does not apply;

1) to any product damaged by accident; 2) in the event 
of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result of 
unauthorized alterations or repairs; 3) if the serial 
number has been altered, defaced or removed;
4) if the owner of the product resides outside the U.S.

All implied warranties, including warranties of 
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose 
are limited in duration to the length of this warranty.
COBRA® shall not be liable for any incidental,
consequential or other damages; including, without
limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost 
of installation.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long 
an implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the 
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitations may not apply 
to you.

Cobra® Electronics
Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

2

Ye

ar Warran

ty

QUALITY SEAL

 


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Accessory Order Form

20

Subtotal
(Tax if applicable)  
Shipping/handling

Total 

Tax Table

Illinois residents add 8.75% 
Indiana residents add 5%
Michigan residents add 6 % 
Ohio residents add 

5

%

Wisconsin residents add 5%

Prices subject to change without notice.

MA-EBM Ear Bud Mic with PTT
MA-VOX Vox Headset Mic
MA-SM

Lapel Speaker/ Microphone 

FA-HR1

Replacement Holster

FA-CR

Charger

FA-BP

Battery

Item #

Description

Cost Ea.

Qty.

Amount

Please print clearly

Name

Address (No P.O. Box)

City                      

State

Zip

Telephone (       )

Credit Card No.

Exp. Date

Customer Signature

Circle One: Visa    MasterCard    Discover

Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. Offer valid in Continental U.S. only.

For credit card orders fill out order
form and fax to: 773.622.2269
or call 773.889.3087
(Press 1 from the main menu)
8:00 am - 8:00 pm, M-F, CST.

Make check or money order (no
stamps) payable to:
Cobra® Electronics 
Attn: Accessories Dept.
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60707 USA

$25.00 and under $4.75
$25.01 - $40.00

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$40.01 - $80.00

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$80.01 - $120.00 $10.25
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$160.01 and up

$14.50

Amount Shipping/
of Order

Handling

Shipping & Handling

For AK, HI and PR please
add an additional $15.00
for UPS shipments.

 


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Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60707 USA
www.cobra.com

© 2002 Cobra® Electronics Corporation
Printed in Thailand

Part No. 480-306-P-001

For technical assistance, please call our Automated Help Desk which can assist 

you by answering the most frequently asked questions about Cobra® products.

(773) 889-3087 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Consumer Service Representative can be reached through this same number 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, CST.

Technical assistance is also available on-line in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at

www.cobra.com or by e-mail to productinfo@cobra.com

If you think you need service call 773.889.3087

“If your product should require factory service please call Cobra® first before sending your 

unit in. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your repair.”

You may be asked to send your unit to the Cobra® factory. It will be necessary to furnish the
following in order to have the product serviced and returned.
1. For Warranty Repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as a mechanical reproduction

or carbon or a sales receipt. If you send the original receipt it cannot be returned.

2. Send the entire product.

3. Enclose a description of what is happening with the unit. Include a typed or clearly print name

and address of where the unit is to be returned.

4. Pack unit securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the original packing material.

5. Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United Parcel Service (UPS) or First

Class Mail to avoid loss in transit to: Cobra® Factory Service, Cobra® Electronics Corporation,
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 USA.

6. If the unit is in warranty, upon receipt of your unit it will either be repaired or exchanged

depending on the model. Please allow approximately 3 to 4 weeks before contacting us for 
status. If the unit is out of warranty a letter will automatically be sent informing you of the 
repair charge or replacement charge. If you have any questions, please call 773.889.3087 for
assistance.

If You Think You Need Service

The Cobra® line of quality products 
also includes:

• Citizens Band Radios

• microTALK® Radios

• Radar/Laser Detectors

• GPS

• SafetyAlert®

Traffic Warning Systems

• Accessories

• HighGear™ Accessories

Nothing comes close to a Cobra